We With The Pitchforks from Abandoning Pretense

Art by Rob Goldstein
Brock Allen Turner

This is an outrageous injustice:

Brock Allen Turner, the former Stanford swimmer who was discovered raping an unconscious woman behind a dumpster on campus in January of last year, will be sentenced to six months in county jail and probation. Prosecutors had recommended that Turner receive a sentence of six years, but judge Aaron Persky determined that Turner’s age — 20 — and lack of criminal history warranted him a much shorter sentence. And because jail would have a “severe impact on him.”

New York Mag

What if Brock Allen Turner had been a black woman whose child fell into a gorilla cage?

On Wednesday morning, two cops were seen arriving at the family’s suburban Cincinnati townhouse to pick up the boy’s mother Michelle Gregg, who was taken to a police station for one and a half hours of questioning. Later that day, the entire family loaded into their Toyota Minivan, which displays a ‘disabled’ tag, for an afternoon outing. A major public backlash has called for 32-year-old Gregg and Isaiah’s dad Deonne Dickerson, 36, to be charged with negligence in the wake of the ape’s death.

MTO News

From Abandoning Pretense

We With The Pitchforks

I don’t know her name, but that’s okay, I don’t really want to know it. I don’t have any right to know it. I want to protect her privacy, as she has already been through quite enough.

But I know YOUR name. Your name is Brock Allen Turner.


Brock Allen Turner.

Oh, and LOOK! Here’s a picture of you:


Art by Rob Goldstein
Not a Mugshot

There you are, Brock Allen Turner.

Yes, I know your name, and I know what you did to her. I know that you were convicted unanimously by a jury of your peers. I know that I don’t give one single flying fuck about all that your oh-so-bright future was supposed to hold. I know that you damaged somebody else’s future, took a little piece of her away, a piece of her that you can never give back and she can never replace. It will always be permanently gone.

I know that the judge sentenced you to six months in jail. I know that this joke of a sentence is yet another in a long line  of obscene and infuriating re-victimization of this brave young woman. I know–we all know–that justice has not been done here.

But I am going to do something to you that might be worse than jail, Brock Allen Turner. Actually, we all are. All of us who are enraged at what you did, at the fact that to this day you continue to deny wrongdoing aside from getting too drunk, that you continue to feign ignorance as to the egregiousness of your actions. All of us who are enraged by the fact that the not-very-honorable Judge Aaron Persky was so clearly more concerned with your life than with your victim’s, together, we are going to put you in a new kind of jail.

We are going to splatter your name and face across social media so that everyone knows who you are and what you look like. So that everyone knows what you’ve done. So that women know that they’d better not get drunk in your presence…or even…be in your presence at all.

Stay away from Brock, ladies. He’ll violate you in your sleep. He’s not a good guy, this one.

Let us gather, as a community, on behalf of this woman for whom justice was not served, with our torches and pitchforks, ready to put Brock in his place. Because the justice system failed not only her, but all of us. And goddammit, if the justice system is not going to protect us, I guess we are just going to have to fucking protect ourselves.

Notoriety. That’s your jail, Brock.

Everyone reading this? Share it. Share it for the picture and the name.

Let this be a lesson, an example to those who would dare touch another without clear consent. To those who would dare drag someone’s limp body behind a dumpster to strip it, sully it, abuse it, invade it. And then fucking deny the whole thing.

We’ve got our torches and pitchforks ready. We know who you are. And we are watching you. Remembering your face. Remembering your name. Putting up invisible walls around you, boxing you in, shutting you out. Shunning you.

So, Brock, how does it feel to be violated? You were sort of unawares while I did it to you…almost like being passed out drunk, in a way.

That makes it okay, right?

from Kristen Mae
Abandoning Pretense






24 thoughts on “We With The Pitchforks from Abandoning Pretense

  1. If I had to put my finger on why I keep coming back for more on your blog it would be this reason; You care. You care about people so intensely and you give people so widely. Sometimes I think you give more than you possibly can – and you help in so many ways with the information you share. I should blog on social conscience things also. I will I believe, and if I do it will be because of you and your stance on standing up for those who cannot defend themselves. If the world had more like you, the world would not be a shitty place. But you still give me hope.

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  2. What about the “severe FUCKING impact” it has on the one who was raped?
    Revenge is a dish best served cold. Let him spend the next few years of his miserable, pathetic life…..looking over his shoulder.
    Maybe, he will become somebodys’ “wife” while he’s in prison. That would be just desserts.

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  3. When I first read the story on a news website I was beyond angry!! The fact that the judge said that jail would have a “severe impact on him.” As part of the reason for this absurd excuse of “jail time” angered me even more… isn’t that the point of jail? It is supposed to impact you!! WATCH what this little slap on the wrist does to this boy.. He isn’t going to stop! He basically got away with it.. so who is to say that he won’t do it again??

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  4. It leaves me cold but justice will not be served until we do something about it but what? It happens here too, murder and rape are petty crimes according to unJustice

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    1. Rape is a petty crime? Whoa. For me this most recent incident goes deeper than the rape. Anyone else from a different class or color would have been locked away for years if he had not been shot dead on the night of his arrest. This incident isn’t as much about race as it is about class and gender. The judge essentially said, “I find the life of this young wealthy male who is attending Stamford University infinitely more valuable than the life of the woman he raped.” The fight to rise up from the feudal origins of human civilization is never ending.

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      1. What I intended to be understood is that rape and murder are treated like petty crimes considering the paltry sentences the perps receive. Traffic infringements seem to draw more fire – here in Australia. And yes, there is nothing just about placing such value on human life in the manner that is done. The descent of man

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